Saturday 26 May 2018

Magner Flynn seals the deal

Limerick 2-11 Clare 1-8

Limerick's William O'Meara. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Limerick's William O'Meara. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Limerick's Conor Boylan in an aerial battle with Clare's Keith White. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Clare's Ross Hayes holds onto possession against Limerick's Cal McCarthy. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile newsdesk

Substitutes Josh Ryan and Cian Magner Flynn scored second-half goals to earn Limerick a semi-final place at the Gaelic Grounds.

Clare had the benefit of the strong breeze in the first half and Ian Murray had a goal inside the opening minutes and Sean O'Loughlin added a point.

But once Limerick got into their stride they reeled off six points in a row.

They were level at 1-3 to 0-6 after 26 minutes before O'Loughlin put over two Clare points from frees and at half-time they were still all square, Clare 1-4 Limerick 0-7.

Limerick had the first two points on resumption and there was never more than two points between them until Ryan's goal after 53 minutes which made it 1-11 to 1-7. Magner Flynn got Limerick's second goal in stoppage-time to seal the victory in a wind-ruined contest.

Scorers - Limerick: J Ryan, C Magner Flynn 1-0 each, M O'Dwyer 0-3fs, B Ryan, C Boylan, K Hayes (1f) 0-2 each, C O'Connor, D Carroll 0-1 each. Clare: S O'Loughlin 0-5fs, I Murray 1-0, A Kennedy 0-2, C Tierney 0-1

Limerick - M O'Reilly; B Nash, W O'Meara, B Timmons; J Adams, C O'Connor, F Hourigan; C Nicholas, C McCarthy; K Hayes, D Carroll, B Ryan; C Boylan, A Barrett, M O'Dwyer. Subs: C Magner Flynn for Boylan (34), J Ryan for O'Dwyer (43), C Flahive for Timmons (57), D Woulfe for McCarthy (57).

Clare - K Nugent; C McInerney, D O'Loughlin, K White; T O'Meara, C Noonan, P Mulready; R Hayes, C Tierney ; S Kennedy, D Fitzgerald, G Cooney; S O'Loughlin, K Galvin, I Murray. Subs: A Kennedy for Murray (40), S Costelloe for McInerney (42), T Connellan for Cooney (47), M Danaher for Galvin (57).

Ref - T Walsh (Waterford)

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